In 1993, Patrick set up marae -based NZSL classes as a step towards encouraging Maori speakers to enrol for interpreter training. Patrick became the Maori Deaf Development Manager at the Deaf Association of New Zealand in 1999.
Patrick also represented the Deaf and Kelston Deaf Education Centre in an advisory capacity to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Social Development. He was a valued member of Te Roopu Turi o Kerehana, Mana Tangata Turi and the newly formed Te Kahui Turi o Kerehana.
Because Patrick went back to his marae often he was connected to his whanau, hapu and iwi. This meant Patrick had a very good understanding of why it was important for both Deaf and hearing people to connect to the community and to find out who they were on the marae. Patrick always said he was also affliliated to Ngati Turi, or tribe/iwi of the Deaf and this was at the heart of his important work with the community.
Due to a sudden illness, Patrick passed away on 29 March 2014 and is at rest at Wharekawa Kaiaua.
Patrick was he rangatira, a leader of Maori and of Maori Deaf and will be sadly missed by us all.
Apiti hono tatae hono te hunga o ra ki te hunga ora tena koutou katoa.